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Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum Screenwriting Contest

WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

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P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

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Email: Click here

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Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
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Objective

To open doors to provide access to Hollywood. The Forum plans to leverage the experience of President Ken Miyamoto, formerly of Sony Pictures, and current paid screenwriter with Lionsgate, to benefit its members.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

Open to feature length submissions only, which generally speaking, means between 80-130 pages.

All submissions must be written in industry format, preferably using screenwriting software like Final Draft and Movie Magic.

All submission must be saved and sent in PDF format! We will not be accepting hard copies of scripts (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). PDF format is the industry standard, so you just have to get used to it. All of the screenwriting software programs allow you to save as a PDF/Adobe file.

All submissions are to be kept anonymous, meaning that there should be no identifying information on any part of your script. The title page should have the title of your script only. No name and no contact information of any kind. The person who processes your email submission will keep the necessary records and will not be a part of the judging.

Send your submissions to the following email address with a PDF file of your screenplay attached. In the base of the email, please offer your contact information and a short synopsis of your screenplay. Again, make sure that your PDF copy of your script DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY NAME OR CONTACT INFO.

Email submissions to: secretary@wiscreenwritersforum.org

Awards

The Grand Prize will consist of an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Annual Screenwriting Expo in October, 2011, including airfare, Full Access Golden Pass Conference Registration, meals, lodging, and a one year subscription to CREATIVE SCREENWRITING magazine.* YOUR chance to attend one of the most important annual events for aspiring screenwriters.

The Four Runner-up Prizes will consist of a Screenwriting Expo Basic Pass (still working on a possible second option if writers can't make it to the Expo), a year's subscription to CREATIVE SCREENWRITING magazine, and invaluable feedback from the mock industry meetings and the celebrity judge.

*Cash outlay not to exceed $1500. Should the Grand Prize winner choose not to attend the Expo the First runner up will receive the trip. The author of the winning script will, in this case, be provided registration fee support for screenwriting contests.

WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

WSF Announces Contest Winners

The Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum has announced the winners of its 2003-2004 Screenplay Contest. Top honors in the Features Division go to Jim Berg & Jeff Forester of Appleton WI and Minneapolis MN, respectively, for their script Horses. Second place goes to Jane Fredericksen of Mahtomedi MN for Redemption's Run. And third place goes to Gayla Betts of Normal IL for Suicide Watch.

In the TV Division, Jessica Rieder of Verona WI takes first place with her script for The West Wing, "Sacrifice and Compromise." The runner-up is Steve Behnke of Decatur GA for his Will & Grace script, "Cigarettes and Spandex." Third place goes to Andrew Lauwasser of Oshkosh WI for his Ed script, "Trials of the Heart."

A celebrity judge ranked the three finalists in each division. This year's celebrity judges are the long-time industry executive and script consultant, Kathie Fong Yoneda (Features), and story analyst and consultant Carolyn Carpenter (TV).

Kathie Fong Yoneda, author of The Script-Selling Game, writes of the Features finalists: "Coming up with the placement of the finalists in this competition was not easy. All three of these scripts were very much on par with the level of professional quality that's received from agents, producers and entertainment attorneys at the studio."

And Carolyn Carpenter, author of the forthcoming book What a Reader Writes, echoed this judgment with respect to the TV finalists: "I have to say I was surprised and pleased by the quality of these three scripts. Sometimes I judge contests and the overall quality of the scripts is a notch below the professional level. That wasn't the case here. The decision was really difficult! Congratulations on having such a fine level of talent in your organization."

The Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting the art and craft of screenwriting. Further details on the contest, including the loglines and the authors' contact info, may be found on the WSF website at:

http://www.wiscreenwritersforum.org/

Features Division


Winner: Horses, by Jim Berg & Jeff Forester (Appleton WI & Minneapolis MN)

2nd Place: Redemption's Run, by Jane Fredericksen (Mahtomedi MN)

3rd Place: Suicide Watch, by Gayla Betts (Normal IL)

Semi-Finalists (in order of finish)

Tears of the Devil, by Pat Semler & Russell Prine & Dale Cannon (Kissimmee FL)

The Second, by Jorge Lomastro (Coventry RI)

The Iron Brigade, by Tom Dunn (Madison WI)

Sir Sasquatch, by Todd Slamowitz (Arlington VA)

Hair of the Dog, by Gayla Betts (Normal IL)

Puzzle, by Doreen Orion & Alene Levine (Boulder CO)

Fade Out, by Sandy Daley (Northbrook IL)

Surviving Isabelle, by Daniel R. Pfaff (Hillpoint WI)



TV Division


Winner: The West Wing - "Sacrifice and Compromise" by Jessica Rieder (Verona WI)

2nd Place: Will & Grace - "Cigarettes and Spandex" by Steve Behnke (Decatur GA)

3rd Place: Ed - "Trials of the Heart" by Andrew Lauwasser (Oshkosh WI)

Semi-Finalists (in order of finish)

Will & Grace - "Is That a Taser in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?" by Danielle Evenson (West Hollywood CA)

The Simpsons - "99% Perpetration" by Thomas Kearney (Santa Monica CA)



Updated: 05/19/2004
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WSF Screenwriting Experience Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 7456
Madison, WI 53707-7456

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 5    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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